Just bought this as a birthday pressie for hubby. Everything arrived intact and was assembled quickly and easily. Very sturdy. Cooked about 10 small pizzas yesterday for the first time. Made dought from a Jamie Oliver recipe - was easy and very nice. We made small pizzas as we don't have one of those paddles to put them on yet so we used the flat bottom of a cake tin - we assembled the pizzas on the tin and slid them onto the hot stone - this worked perfectly. We used charcoal and when the coals were ready we opened the door to the compartment where the coals are and this kept a good temperature throughout cooking (about 250) pizzas cooked in about 10-15 mins and we're nice and crispy on bottom and cheese and toppings well cooked and bubbling. We were cooking over a period of 2-3 hours and just added a little kindling towards the end to keep it going . Am pleased to say we are very happy with our new toy and look forward to trying lots if different things - would recommend buying one if those paddle things though to make life easier . Enjoy.
Having shopped around and seen the very high prices of other pizza ovens on the market I was pleased to find this one at a better price. it took a while to put together but there were no missing parts. The instructions for cooking are vague. The oven comes with a thermometer but no advice on what the temperature needs to be for cooking. We used kindling and then 3 small 8" x 4" seasoned logs first time. The instruction just says, use 2 small logs and cook when they have a coating of ash on them. The thermometer was reading about 400 degree initially but as the flames died down dropped to 150 degrees meaning that the oven wasn't hot enough for the pizza to cook. We added more small kindling which heated the oven massively as the flames came up again meaning that the pizza stone was then too hot and the pizza burned on the bottom, was only just cooked on top and the edges were sooty from the smoke. We had 5 pizzas ready to cook but 3 of them went in the conventional oven in the kitchen. We also ended up putting a wire insert from a roasting dish onto the stone and cooking the pizza on an oven tray to raise it off the stone but the oven temp was too low and it took ages to cook but we did put it on the stone for about two minutes to finish it off. This all means lots of messing about and getting the pizza in and out of the oven. When you have spent ages making your own dough, buying toppings and lovingly assembling you own pizza it's very disheartening to have it burn and ruined. I would recommend, BEFORE trying to cook your own home-made pizza, practice getting the temperature right and maybe buy a few cheap supermarket pizzas as testers. The pizza stone will certainly be too hot to cook on while there are any flames, but the oven temperature drops dramatically once the flames are gone. Next time we might use plenty of fuel to enable it to burn a lot to get the heat right up then hopefully the larger amount of embers may keep the heat up enough to cook with. Maybe the answer is to use charcoal? I am very disappointed. Won't be having a pizza party any time soon.
Unlike the other person reviewing this item I had no problem with missing parts. There was not an assembly sheet or instructions with mine and I had to work it out by allocating the nuts and bolts before starting. The door metal is prone to warping in the heat and could do with being a slightly heavier gauge of metal. I've also added an extra grill to hold the fuel as the supplied one had gaps too wide to hold the embers. On the plus side it works very well and the price is very good, I've been looking for something like this for a couple of years the only other one I've seen was £600 more expensive. So good value for money. I've made some pretty amazing bread in it despite this summer's dismal weather.
BIT DISSAPPOINTED, ASSEMBLED EASY ENOUGH BUT 2 OF THE TACK WELDS CRACKED (SO NOT EFFECTIVE) CRAMMED SO TIGHTLY INTO BOX CHIMNEY COWL SUPPORTS ALL BENT. NEED TO PRACTISE WITH FUELS TO GET TEMPERATURE UP BUT PIZZA WAS GREAT WHEN I GOT SORTED.
This was a present and I am very pleased with it. When opened up I found that the oven thermometer was damaged. Contacted supplier who sent new one without any problems. (I think the thermometer is the weak point as the replacement does not appear to provide accurate information,) Easily assembled. Started off by trying to burn wood but failed abysmally. Resorted in the end to using self lighting briquettes (which instructions say should not be used) and these are great. Have cooked pizzas, fish and meat joints and very satisfied with the results. Manufacturer needs to make a cover for it, as I have tried to find one to fit and at the moment I have to cover it with plastic sheeting. Well pleased.